Nepal nationals: Research Officer (Water Resources)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Kathmandu, Nepal 🇳🇵


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. IWMI works in partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector to develop scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with regional offices across Asia and Africa, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).


The Research Officer – Water Resources will work on various projects in Nepal to contribute to monitoring and modeling watershed hydrology, and climate change analysis. The person will coordinate project work on the ground, including supervision of collection of socioeconomic, biophysical and water resources data for the project team(s).

The incumbent will report to (i) Research Group Leader; (ii) Project Leader(s); and (iii) Country Representative, and be based at IWMI’s office in Kathmandu, Nepal.


  • Contribute to the study on watershed interventions in the West Seti Sub-basin.
  • Contribute to the study on the Karnali and Mahakali river basins.
  • Assist in setting up hydrological and climate monitoring stations in the study watersheds.
  • Assist in collecting and managing hydrological and climate data from the study watersheds.
  • Apply hydrological models (e.g., Soil and Water Assessment Tool [SWAT]) to simulate the impacts of climate change, land-use change and water-use pattern on the basin flow regime.
  • Perform other relevant hydrological and water resource analyses as required by current projects.
  • Prepare reports on the above analyses.
  • Train and support local staff from partner organizations in data collection techniques.
  • Travel within Nepal to support project activities on the ground, and work with the IWMI Office in Kathmandu and partner teams in their respective offices.
  • Work closely with local partner organizations, and play a key communication and coordination role between partners.
  • Arrange the logistics for site visits by IWMI and other international project partners.



  • Knowledge of catchment-scale hydrological models such as SWAT.
  • Knowledge of ecosystem services modeling is an advantage.
  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications and database management.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Well-developed personal organization and priority setting skills.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Ability to function independently.
  • Ability to deliver on time.
  • Ability to interact effectively with officials in other agencies.
  • Ability to travel to remote areas on extended field trips.



  • Master’s degree in hydrology/hydrogeology and/or water resources engineering.
  • Experience in field monitoring.


  • Experience in working with Regional Climate Models (RCMs), groundwater monitoring and modelling, and computer programming.


This is a nationally recruited staff position and only citizens of Nepal are encouraged to apply. IWMI offers a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes transport and health insurance. The duration of the contract will initially be for a two-year period and will be coterminous with the project.

IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and is keen to further diversify its staff in terms of gender.

Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae, cover letter which addresses IWMI’s requirements stated above, and contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the positon.